State purchasing division earns national award for money management

Posted Aug. 02, 2011, at 2:04 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine’s Division of Purchases has been awarded the 16th annual national Achievement of Excellence in Purchasing Award by the National Purchasing Institute.

With headquarters in Las Vegas, Nev., NPI is the national trade association for government purchasing agencies. Maine’s Division of Purchases, within the Bureau of General Services, is responsible for purchasing such things as heating oil for state facilities, state police cruisers, office supplies, contracted services and nearly everything else used by entities. Annual purchases total more than $900 million, according to a press release.

The award recognizes exceptional achievement and competence in such areas as innovation, professionalism, e-procurement, productivity and leadership attributes.

Maine’s Division of Purchases, led by Betty M. Lamoreau, acting director of Bureau of General Services, placed in the top 10 percent of all government agencies in the nation and was the only Maine agency to receive the award, according to the release.

H. Sawin Millett, Jr., commissioner of the Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services which oversees Bureau of General Services, presented Lamoreau with a certificate of appreciation for her work and prestigious award.

“Betty makes us all very proud,” said Millett. “Efficient and cost-effective purchasing is critical to managing taxpayers’ money wisely during tough economic times. Betty and her team are justly recognized as being among the best in the country.”

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